One really fun thing about German is the way new words can be created by compounding them with other words. So for this lovely Wednesday, you get three new words, all with the same root!
Werkzeug noun, German
Literally, “Werk” (work) + “Zeug” (stuff) = work-stuff
Spielzeug noun, German
Literally, “Spiel” (play) + “Zeug” (stuff) = play-stuff
Fahrzeug noun, German
Literally, “Fahr” (travel) + “Zeug” (stuff) = travel-stuff
Zeug is an amazingly useful word: it can be used to make words like “Rasierzeug” (shaving kit), “Schreibzeug” (writing materials), “Schulzeug” (school stuff)…it’s one of those patterns that is easy to remember after the fact, though it may not be intuitive beforehand. German is full of these, and it’s an endless source of amusement.
Enjoy your new words!